iTether App Pulled From the App Store [Updated: Official Statement]

By , Nov 29, 2011

Well, that didn’t take long. Apple has pulled the iTether app from the App Store.

We told you about the $15 app last night that let anyone have unlimited tethering from their iPhone’s 3G connection to a desktop computer. The app bypassed carrier data plans and let anyone with a simple connection tether for free.

If you try to download iTether from the App Store right now, you’ll get a “not available” message. Apple has obviously woke up and pulled the app, as tethering apps like iTether cause carriers to get quite angry.

Those that got to download the app last night should still be able to use the service, providing that Tether.com keeps its servers up. The company behind the app already has award-winning apps on both Android and Blackberry.

In a tweet from the official Tether.com Twitter account earlier, the company made it clear that Apple carefully reviewed and approved their app for the iPhone, suggesting that this wasn’t merely a chance of something slipping past Apple’s strict review process.

In the short time that iTether in the App Store, the app quickly rocketed to the top of the App Store’s highest grossing apps list. Whether or not Apple chooses to actually pay Tether.com for its sales remains to be seen.

We’ll update this post with an official statement from Tether.com when one is given.

Update: Here’s the official statement from Tether.com:

Around 12PM EST, Apple called our head office to let us know they were going to go ahead and pull our app iTether from the App Store. They stated it was because the app itself burdens the carrier network, however they offered us no way to remedy the solution… We were very clear when listing the app what the primary function was and they even followed up with several questions and requested a video demo then they approved the application.

We strongly disagree that it burdens a carrier’s network, as from our own data history on more than 500,000 users we know the average user consumes less than 200 MBs of data per month on Tether. In comparison, one TV show streamed from Netflix, an approved Apple App, could easily be in the 300-400 MBs range. Sure, there are some users that will consume way more than the average however that’s the case with any of these types of products.

Our team is very disappointed in Apple’s decision; as we strongly believe we help carriers better monetize their data stream by pushing customers into new data tiers further increasing their bottom-line. It is very anti-competitive to not allow any Tethering application to enter into this space to innovate. Our team has created a lot of innovative solutions for the BlackBerry product, which we were hoping to port over to the iPhone like end-to-end encryption, compression, website filtering and port filtering.

According to Apple, users who purchase iTether before it was pulled will continue to be able to use the product.

Our team is evaluating all of our options… Stay tuned.

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  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    No doubt they pulled it all you bloggers made a huge deal about it screaming from the rooftops it’s your fault next time keep it to yourself lol!

    • http://twitter.com/murdoc2k Alex

      Dislike. It’s the job of these bloggers to spread the news. This app will get popular over time and apple would pull it from the app store anyways.

      • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

        Yeah but do they have to be so good at it lol!

    • Anonymous

      if they didnt screamed, youll never heard of it nway

  • Anonymous

    Im not surprised :-(

  • http://www.facebook.com/beazel David Male

    I’m betting that they will not get the money from the sales.
    Apple will say they breached the developer terms.

    I think that if Apple accepts an app through the vetting process then they should follow through with the earnings – or at the very least refund the purchasers

    • http://twitter.com/wormeyman Eric Johnson

      Do the developer terms state no tether apps?

  • http://twitter.com/mmtk99 miguel

    mine is not working is asking me to register the lincese wich i cant fine no were

    • http://twitter.com/mmtk99 miguel

      nice is working now;)

  • Ernesto Carrillo

    I have my iphone 4 jailbroken and one of the main reasons is so i can tether my laptop when im on the go. If apple keeps it, it will make much more money. The point is to make money. Not loose customers or make them bypass apple regulations by having to jb. I love idownloadblog and redsnow, but if apple worked better with the public, we could let our developers rest for a while. But for now, WAY TO GO IDOWNLOADBLOG!!!

  • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

    There must be some seriously good bud doing the rounds in the Apple App Vetting Department.

    This app will reappear very soon on Cydia no doubt and I’m reckoning we will see it at a much reduced price.

    • Painman

      If we don’t find it in Cydia, it’s sure to turn up in installous. Apple fail

  • Anonymous

    Stupid Apple.

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the biggest reason why I don’t share my free movie stream websites (7 of them) , the minute you share, weeks later you’ll find it down. Guess this is no exception to the AppStore

  • http://twitter.com/iphoneblogr iphoneblogr

    I love how they act as though they are surprised that the app was removed…..

  • http://www.galaxytabs.com Kyle Dornblaser

    How did it even get into the App Store in the first place?